CLS Law Student Ministries has created and collected resources to equip law students and campus fellowships to engage the issues facing the disciple of Jesus in the legal academy and law practice.
PUBLICATIONS & READINGS
The Christian Lawyer magazine is published twice a year with the goal of challenging and encouraging vocational stewardship within the legal profession.
The mission of The Journal of Christian Legal Thought is to equip and encourage legal professionals to seek and study biblical truth as it relates to law, the practice of law, and legal institutions. Theological reflection on the law, a lawyer’s work, and legal institutions is central to a lawyer’s calling, and the Journal exists to help practicing lawyers, law students, judges, and legal scholars engage in this theological and practical reflection, both as a professional community and as individuals. The Journal is published twice a year.
Hundreds of lawyers subscribe to the CLS bi-monthly devotional, produced with lawyers and law students in mind. Browse the archive here.
Law Student Ministries has compiled various reading lists and recommendations for students seeking to serve Christ in the academy.
CROSS & GAVEL AUDIO: PODCAST ON FAITH & LAW
The Cross & Gavel podcast addresses issues at the intersection of faith and work, particularly work in the law. We also from time to time talk books, movies, and other topics of interest to lawyers and students. Browse the archive or listen here.
LAW STUDENT CHAPTER MANUAL
The Law Student Chapter Manual provides answers to most of the questions that student leaders have about forming and running a chapter or fellowship.
SMALL GROUP MATERIALS & BIBLE STUDIES
Are you looking for tools to use in your campus fellowship?
CLS has collected and created Bible Studies, book discussion guides, and discussion starters to help your campus fellowship think well about the law student’s calling. They are linked here, along with some ideas to help you think well about your law campus groups.
LAW STUDENT RESOURCE PACKETS
In August of every year, every law fellowship in communication with LSM will receive a Resource Packet containing valuable materials for your campus group and student orientation fair.
If you are a student fellowship leader or advisor and have not received a Resource Packet for the current school year, please contact LSM at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Institute for Christian Legal Studies (ICLS) is a cooperative ministry with Regent Law School whose mission is to train and encourage Christian law students, law professors, and practicing lawyers to seek and study Biblical truth, including the natural law tradition, as it relates to law and legal institutions, and to encourage them toward spiritual growth, compassionate outreach to the poor and needy, and the integration of faith with learning, teaching, and legal practice.
Law Student Ministries also works closely with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship and its Graduate & Faculty Ministry (GFM). GFM staff work with law student groups on many campuses, and the CLS director of Law Student Ministry also serves InterVarsity as coordinator of its Law School Ministry. To find out if a GFM campus staff minister is available to love and serve your group, contact LSM at LSM@clsnet.org.
NATIONAL LAW STUDENT CONVENTION & REGIONAL RETREATS
In the fall of every year, CLS hosts the CLS National Conference. In conjunction with this event, LSM conducts its National Law Student Convention (NLSC) - a time for students to come together for fellowship, sharing, mutual encouragement, and training. In addition to awarding NLSC scholarships for students to attend the convention, LSM will help students to raise money to attend this event through their local chapter.
In addition to the National Conference, CLS supports regional retreats, often run by local attorney chapters for lawyers and law students. Annual retreats are currently held near New York City, Seattle, Chicago, and Dallas. Check for an event near you on our Events page.
We want to help you find other Christian students on campus, experienced lawyers who will encourage and mentor you, and, most of all, we want you to be a part of the nationwide network of professionals that is Christian Legal Society.
In addition, our desire is that law school grads make a smooth transition into CLS attorney fellowships, so that they can join like-minded attorneys in their practice areas, network with CLS members in their new locations, and take advantage of CLS resources in this critical time of professional development. To help make the transition happen, CLS offers graduating students the ability to renew or join at the law student rate for their first year out of school.